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Professor Peter Wilson

BA (Hons), PhD, FRHistS
University Academic Fellow since 2015
Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford
  • Background

    • University Academic Fellow, All Souls College (from 2015)
    • GF Grant Professor of History, University of Hull (from 2007 to 2015)
    • National War College, Washington DC: participation on 6200 War and Statecraft (September 2011)
    • MA Summer School and PG workshops, High Point University, North Carolina, USA (June-August 2011)
    • Visiting Fellow, Excellence Cluster, University of Münster, Germany (January 2011)
    • Professor of Early Modern History, University of Sunderland (from 2001 to 2006)
    • Reader in Early Modern European History, University of Sunderland (from 1998 to 2001)
    • Lecturer in Early Modern European History, University of Newcastle (from 1994 to 1998)
    • Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Sunderland (from 1990 to 1993)
  • Research interests

    • History of war in wider European and world development from the seventeenth century to around 1900
    • Early modern German history, particularly the political, military, social, and cultural history of the Holy Roman Empire between 1495 and 1806
  • Selected publications

    • The Holy Roman Empire: A Thousand Years of Europe’s History (Penguin, 2016) published in the US by Harvard University Press as The Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire (2016). Chinese translation forthcoming with Citic. Italian translation forthcoming with Il Saggiatore (Milan).
    • (with Robert Evans) The Holy Roman Empire, 1495-1806: A European Perspective (Leiden: Brill, 2012).
    • (with Robert Evans and Michael Schaich) The Holy Roman Empire, 1495-1806 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
    • The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806 (Studies in European History Series) (entirely revised 2nd ed., Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2011).
    • The Thirty Years War: A Sourcebook (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010).
    • Europe’s Tragedy: A History of the Thirty Years War (London: Allen Lane/Penguin, 2009). Also published as The Thirty Years War: Europe’s Tragedy by Harvard University Press, 2009. Polish translation forthcoming with F.H.U. Napoleon V Dariusz Marszalek (Oswiecim) 2016; Chinese translation forthcoming with Post Wave (Beijing); Macedonian translation forthcoming with ARS Studio, sponsored by the Macedonian Ministry of Culture.
    • (with Alan Forrest) The Bee and the Eagle: Napoleonic France and the end of the Holy Roman Empire, 1806 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2009).
    • A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Europe (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008; paperback edition 2013).
    • Warfare in Europe 1815-1914 (International Library of Military History) (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006).
    • 1848. The Year of Revolutions (International Library of Essays in Political History) (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006).
    • From Reich to Revolution: German history 1558-1806 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2004).
    • Absolutism in Central Europe (Historical Connections Series) (London: Routledge, 2000).
    • The Holy Roman Empire 1495-1806 (Studies in European History Series) (Basingstoke: Macmillan Press, 1999; New York: St Martin’s Press, 1999); Chinese translation (Beijing: Peking University Press, 2013); Japanese translation (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten Publishing, 2005).
    • German armies: War and German politics 1648-1806 (London: UCL Press, 1998).
    • War, state and society in Württemberg, 1677-1793 (Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995).
  • Teaching and supervision

    • War in seventeenth to nineteenth century world history
    • Social, cultural, political or military history of German-speaking Europe
    • European history 1500-1800
  • Research awards and grants

    • 'The causes of the Thirty Years War 1618-48' named one of the English Historical Review’s '35 most respected articles' (2011).
    • Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award for Europe’s Tragedy (2011).
    • Europe’s Tragedy named Paperback of the Week by the Sunday Times, 11.7.10 (2010).
    • Europe’s Tragedy named a Book of the Year by the New Statesman and The Atlantic, a Best History Book of the Year by The Independent, and a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year
      (2009).